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Later school start times catch on nationwide

Later school start times catch on nationwide | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Many district administrators seem to agree that teenagers need more sleep. A new study released in February indicates that attendance and graduation rates may match the science, too.
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Surviving as a High School Dropout: Program Gives Students a Taste

Surviving as a High School Dropout: Program Gives Students a Taste | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
When students drop out of high school, they often don't realize how rough life could be without a diploma. A program that's making its way into schools in several states aims to give them a sobering glimpse of that life, in the hope of informing their decisions.

It's called REALL, or Reality Enrichment And Life Lessons. The program draws students into a four-hour simulation in which they take on a new identity as someone who left school without a diploma. Aided by trained facilitators, the students act out a series of life experiences, such as trouble finding work, difficulty making ends meet on a low-paying job, or getting evicted.
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Interactive map: graduation rates hit record highs - The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram

Interactive map: graduation rates hit record highs - The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Compare graduation rates among the 50 states.
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Easton High School makes national ‘beating the odds’ list

Easton High School makes national ‘beating the odds’ list | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Easton Junior-Senior High School has found itself as the lone Maine school on Newsweek’s list of 500 American high schools that are overcoming barriers to student success. Maine news, sports, politics and election results, and obituaries from the Bangor Daily News.
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Fred Pierce, Greely High School - A 2016 Graduate to Watch

Fred Pierce, Greely High School - A 2016 Graduate to Watch | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
From the 2016 Portland Press Herald profiles of Graduates to Watch. See all 11 students here: http://www.pressherald.com/2016/06/11/graduates-to-watch-in-the-class-of-2016/
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Charter, Alternative, Virtual Schools Account for Most Low-Grad-Rate Schools, Study Finds

Charter, Alternative, Virtual Schools Account for Most Low-Grad-Rate Schools, Study Finds | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
The seventh annual "Grad Nation" report finds that nontraditional high schools contribute disproportionately to the picture of low graduation rates, and calls for greater attention to these schools, especially since they serve large shares of vulnerable students.
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New Education Secretary: Bold Agenda. Just 10 Months To Get It Done

New Education Secretary: Bold Agenda. Just 10 Months To Get It Done | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
John B. King Jr. talks about his priorities for a tenure that may be short-lived: implementing the new education law, high-quality preschool and college access, to name a few.
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In the U.S., a Growing Recognition: College Isn't for Everyone

In the U.S., a Growing Recognition: College Isn't for Everyone | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
The problem with the “not everyone should go to college” narrative – in addition to not being very good at it – is that the U.S. doesn’t provide many good alternatives.
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School dropout study: ‘You don’t have to be Mother Teresa to help a kid.’ - The Washington Post

School dropout study: ‘You don’t have to be Mother Teresa to help a kid.’ - The Washington Post | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Relationships with supportive adults can go a long way toward helping teens stay in school, study finds.
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High School Graduation Rates: The Good, The Bad And The Ambiguous

High School Graduation Rates: The Good, The Bad And The Ambiguous | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
From Texas to New Jersey, we found a mix of approaches: questionable quick fixes and powerful long-term strategies.
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Federal Data Show Racial Gap in High School Graduation Rates Is Closing - US News

Federal Data Show Racial Gap in High School Graduation Rates Is Closing - US News | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
As the achievement gap narrows, high school students are graduating at an all-time high rate.
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U.S. high school dropout rate reaches record low, driven by improvements among Hispanics, blacks

U.S. high school dropout rate  reaches record low, driven by improvements among Hispanics, blacks | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Just 7% of the nation's 18-to-24 year olds had dropped out of high school in 2013, continuing a steady decline in the nation's dropout rate since 2000, when 12% of youth were dropouts.
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Leadership for Education Innovation: High Schools

"Without effective high schools, the social contract with young people that lies at the heart of the American dream--Invest in yourself, work hard and learn, and you will have opportunities for rewarding work and meaningful choices about your future--is clearly at risk. While there are broader, non-education factors involved in our country's high rates of child poverty and growing inequality that need to be addressed, the stakes are high and the need is urgent for redesigning our high schools. We need to ask, as rigorously as we can, what it will take to get to 90% graduation rates with college readiness in the coming decade."

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Helping the Homeless and Ending Assault: This Week's Top 7 Education Stories

Helping the Homeless and Ending Assault: This Week's Top 7 Education Stories | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it

The best recent writing about school


* Is Florida Underreporting Dropouts? Heather Vogell ProPublica


* Will This State Initiative to Curb Student Homelessness Succeed? Grace Swanson | Kitsap Daily News


 * South Carolina Pushes Back on Poor Education Ranking Paul Hyde | The Greenville News 


 * Military Academies’ Culture of Sexual Assault Lolita Baldor 


 * The Preschool-Spending Desert Lillian Mongeau | The Hechinger Report 


 * The Office for Civil Rights’s Volatile Power James Murphy | The Atlantic


 * How One Gymnast Overcame a Rare Disease to Compete Winston Bribach | The Daily Bruin 

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Doubting That 'Record' 83 Percent High School Graduation Rate?

Doubting That 'Record' 83 Percent High School Graduation Rate? | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Grumps and skeptics aren't holding big celebrations over President Barack Obama's announcement that the national high school graduation rate reached a high of 82.3 percent. What's spoiling the party?
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Study: 9th and 10th Grades Offer Key Chance to Re-Engage Disengaged Students

Study: 9th and 10th Grades Offer Key Chance to Re-Engage Disengaged Students | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
A new study finds that the first two years of high school offer a powerful opportunity to change the trajectories of students who have begun to disengage from school.
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As The Number Of Homeless Students Soars, How Schools Can Serve Them Better

As The Number Of Homeless Students Soars, How Schools Can Serve Them Better | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Finding homeless students is a challenge, as are resources and red tape. The new federal education law includes new mandates and some extra money to assist districts in helping more students.
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Diplomas Count 2016 Map: Graduation Rates by State, Student Group

Diplomas Count 2016 Map: Graduation Rates by State, Student Group | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
This map includes state-by-state graduation rate data, as well as state graduation rates for historically disadvantaged racial and ethnic groups.
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A Customizable Approach to Restorative Justice School Discipline: Replacing Ineffective, Punitive Consequences with Human-Centered Educational Practices

A Customizable Approach to Restorative Justice School Discipline: Replacing Ineffective, Punitive Consequences with Human-Centered Educational Practices | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Traditional school discipline tends to be one-size-fits-all, punitive in nature, and largely ineffective in changing student behavior. In fact, disciplinary practices that cause students to be removed from school for any length of time actually exacerbate most of the underlying causes of maladaptive behavior, contribute to the school-to-prison pipeline, and sever the already fragile connections to school, teachers, and peers that need to be strengthened in our most at-risk students.

Restorative disciplinary approaches, on the other hand, can deepen relationships, build character, repair communities, teach replacement behaviors, and foster resilience! Presented by two educators who have worked with highly at risk students in school, mental health, and juvenile justice settings, this webcast will provide viewers with the tools for implementing Restorative Justice Disciplinary Practices in any school or youth-serving setting.
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Many more dropout prevention resources--and webcasts--here: http://dropoutprevention.org/webcast/
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In Maine, Intervention Smooths 9th Graders' Paths

The Building Assets-Reducing Risks program now being tested in Maine is among a handful of promising ideas that started as federal i3 grants.
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Arne Duncan, John King Talk Higher Graduation Rates, ESEA, and Testing

Arne Duncan, John King Talk Higher Graduation Rates, ESEA, and Testing | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan has a piece of good news to announce on his way out the door: High school graduation rates appear to be on track to rise for the third year in a row.
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Why Ninth Grade is the Pivotal Year for Dropping Out of High School

Why Ninth Grade is the Pivotal Year for Dropping Out of High School | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
There are programs to keep kids from dropping out, but the causes run more deeply, down to the design of school, according to researchers.
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Maine’s high school graduation rate reaches new high

Maine’s high school graduation rate reaches new high | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
The Class of 2014 also was notable in that it was the state’s smallest in recent years, dropping to 12,362 students, a decline of more than 400 from the previous year and continuing a trend of declining public school enrollment across the state with the oldest population in the nation.
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Report Details 5 Keys to Using Technology To Help At-Risk Students -- THE Journal

Report Details 5 Keys to Using Technology To Help At-Risk Students -- THE Journal | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
A new report from the Alliance for Excellent Education and the Stanford Center for Opportunity Policy in Education offers five recommendations for helping at-risk students learn.
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This report addresses at-risk high school students specifically. The number one recommendation? Aim for 1 to 1 access.

For more info: https://edpolicy.stanford.edu/publications/pubs/1241

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